Council agrees for building work to start on new Stanley Park School 09.06.10
Sutton Council has agreed that building work can now start on the new Stanley Park High School.
The Council's Executive agreed with week (7 June) that construction work can now begin to enable the new school to open in January 2012.
The contractors are now able to place orders for construction materials and progress can be made on site.
This follows the recent submission of a planning application from the Benhill Gospel Trust for a gospel hall and care home on land adjacent to the site.
The Executive has also agreed to a new Compulsory Purchase Order which would enable an access road for the school to be built on the land belonging to the BGT. This road would serve the new school and the gospel hall and care home.
Cllr Kirsty Jerome, Executive Member for Education and Schools on Sutton Council, said: "I am so pleased that the building work can now get going and we will soon start to see some progress made on construction site.
"The new state of the art building will give Sutton children a world-class school with exceptional teaching facilities, increase places by 350 and provide a further 91 places for children with autistic spectrum disorders.
"We still need the access road to be built but we are confident that will eventually be possible and so can now get started with the other work. Ideally we still hope that an amicable agreement can be made with the Benhill Gospel Trust which will aid their development as well as ours. If this is still not possible we will use the Compulsory Purchase Order to acquire the land."
Headteacher David Taylor said: "We are delighted to hear this fantastic news and would like to thank all those that have made it possible. In particular we recognise the immense contribution of Jane Pascoe, our Chair of Governors.
"We can now begin to realise our dream of providing a school of which our local community can be justifiably proud. In the meantime we will do all we can to ensure that our current students have the best possible opportunities on our current site."
As well as providing ample external open spaces, a key priority for the new school is to ensure a cleaner, greener and more sustainable school environment. This school is innovative in its design by being one of the first schools in the country to be designed to both the DCSF's Carbon Neutral Standard and to a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method sustainability standard of at least 'Very Good'.
Last updated: Thursday, 08 July 2010